A knee brace is an orthotic device or product that provides structural support to the knee, and works towards pain relief. It can assist in the prevention of, and recovery from, a knee injury. There are three types of knee braces. They consist of functional braces, rehabilitative braces, and prophylactic braces. By consulting an orthotist, one can receive a diagnosis and prescription for the correct knee brace, based on your specific needs.
Knee Brace Care
Knee braces, like any product that is worn and used, needs to be cared for. The most obvious reason to care for and wash your knee brace is to prevent odours from developing. While this is an important reason to wash your knee brace, there are other factors that should motivate one to keep a knee brace clean. Knee braces are usually worn to have direct contact with the skin, and could cause health problems if they are not washed regularly. Some negative effects could include folliculitis, ringworm, and other skin conditions. These skin conditions are triggered by an accumulation of sweat on the knee brace, that causes the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mould on the brace itself.
How to Clean a Knee Brace
There could be variations in cleaning methods depending on the type of brace you have; however, there are some general tips that apply to most knee braces.
The majority of knee braces are safe to wash in cold water, using a mild soap or laundry detergent. When it comes to drying, it is safest to airdry your knee brace. It is also advisable to use a soap that is void of any scents or dyes. If you are using an athletic brace every day, you can also use a disinfectant spray between washes, and air dry it to ensure it is free of any unwanted bacteria.
It is advisable to read the instructions when receiving your knee brace, as there might be special tips on how to care for it, to ensure that it reaches its maximum life expectancy.
To find out more about which knee brace is best suited to your problem, or if you want to book a consultation to find out what could be causing your knee pain, contact us at Meintjes & Neethling.